SUBU BME awards celebrate student of colour achievements


The SUBU BME awards is a student-developed initiative that aims to celebrate student of colour contributions and achievements at Bournemouth University and is a positive step forward in transforming the institutional culture into a more culturally democratic space.

The 2017 awards delivered an evening of entertainment and celebration with two choirs, a musical performance, dance performance and performance poetry. It was great to see the contributions that students of colour make towards “enriching the world” being recognised – if only within the student union. While it was nice to see one or two colleagues, it was a pity that university leadership was not there to share the experience .

BU still has some way to go to creating a more inclusive, equitable and culturally democratic environment and addressing racial disparities like the attainment gap. So when students take a giant step forward by developing strategies to create inclusion, these achievements should be more widely recognised and acknowledged across the institution.

I was proud to be there to celebrate student success and to present the award for Academic Excellence to three outstanding students: Ikram Asghar, Claudia Amoah and Sharon Nyangwe.

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Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Gabriel is a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University in the Faculty of Media and Communication - and the Founder of Black British Academics. A self-defined scholar-activist, she is concerned with contributing to social justice and equality. Her research interests are focused around political communication and discourse, raced and gendered constructions and representations in media and popular culture, equality, inclusion and liberation in teaching practice and the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education. In addition to a full-time academic role, she also undertakes consultancy work in research, public relations, strategic communication, equality, diversity and inclusion in educational and academic practice.

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